Pupils aged 5-11 across England and Wales have been immersing themselves in the world of poetry with the Premier League Writing Stars competition. Challenged to write their own poems on the theme of resilience, with a chance to win amazing prizes for their school, pupils around the country responded in incredible fashion. More than 750 schools took part and 25,000 poems were submitted, with the celebrity judging panel blown away by the quality of writing.
Prizes included a school visit from a children’s author or poet to lead a poetry workshop; a visit from the Premier League Trophy; the chance to hear their poem read aloud by a Premier League star; an invitation to an exclusive award ceremony; and the chance to have their winning poem published in a book.
Using online curriculum-linked resources developed by EdComs, pupils were encouraged to draw influence from a time that they had to Try, Try Again.
The judging panel included Children’s Laureate and writer of the Charlie and Lola books Lauren Child, former footballer and now children’s author Frank Lampard, Everton star Yannick Bolasie and the Young People’s Laureate for London, Caleb Femi. The panel was led by Jonathan Douglas from the National Literacy Trust.
Famous faces from the world of football, media and the arts also got involved by contributing their own resilience-themed poetry. Click here to see a selection of our favourites!
Although the judging panel had a tough challenge in deciding the winning entries, regional and national winners have been announced. Click here to read a full list of winning entries, where you can also read the winning poems!
Regional and national winners’ poems will be featured in a specially published Premier League Writing Stars book illustrated by David Mackintosh.
Premier League Executive Chairman Richard Scudamore said:
“Premier League Primary Stars has already proved to be a success thanks to the great work our clubs are carrying out in their communities and the breadth of resources the programme makes available to primary school teachers. We have already achieved our initial target of engaging 10,000 schools and the programme keeps evolving. Premier League Writing Stars is backed by established authors and poets as well as footballers and our aim is to enthuse children, teachers and parents alike.”
Jonathan Douglas, Director of the National Literacy Trust, added:
“Poetry has the power to unlock children’s imaginations, unleash their aspirations and boost their attainment. It also enables children to express themselves in a multitude of ways, from raps and lyrics to free verse and traditional poems. Combining football and poetry is a wonderful way to explore the theme of resilience. I can’t wait to read the children’s poems and take inspiration from their messages of never giving up.”
Everybody at EdComs would like to congratulate schools who took part in the competition.